EDUCATION

BA, Wheaton College (Massachusetts) 1969

Germain School of Photography, New York 1971

 

PRIZES

One of five winners of US Department of the Interior Photography Prize 1971. I took photographs for the Department of the Interior for nine months, supervised by Tom Orr, then Photo Editor of Newsweek, for a permanent display at the Statue of Liberty. The photos were exhibited until the restoration of the Statue in the 1980s.

 

EXHIBITS

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago permanent collection

The Century Association, Sculptors and Photographers show 2005 to present

Atlantic Gallery, New York, New York, solo show 2005

United Nations Population Fund’s Family of Woman show, Pacific Design Center, LA 2005

Positive Focus - Body of Work 2004, New York, group show 2004

Portrait Show, The Century Association, New York 2004

Photography 2004, Edward Hopper House, Nyack, New York 2004

Atlantic Gallery, New York, New York, group shows 2004, 2005 and 2006

World Financial Center, Courtyard Gallery Festival of Mongolia, group show 2001

Modernage, solo show 1975

Nikon House, group show 1972

 

INTERNATIONAL WORK

Algeria, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, India, Iran, Mongolia, Morocco, Oman, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam

The Girls of Freetown, annual portraits of 4 girls in the village of Freetown, Antigua

Portraits of Authors, England 1997 to present

 

CURRENT PROJECT

The Second Half is a photographic project designed to demonstrate the vitality of older women. Popular culture in America celebrates youth, particularly regarding women. However, research has shown that women peak later than men. Men generally achieve their greatest productivity in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, whereas women (certainly women of the generation now over 50) have often just gotten into their stride, whatever that stride may be, around 50.

 

Since 2006 I have been photographing and interviewing women of different cultures. Portraits so far include women from Algeria, Britain, France, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the Virgin Islands and the USA. Each portrait is accompanied by an interview with the subject describing what “the second half of life” (for this project life after age 50) has meant for her. The completed project will be shown in exhibits in New York and elsewhere and is intended for a book.

 

While many of the women are well known, perhaps successful in a career, others have never had the luxury or inclination to choose a career. I am photographing women of different socio-economic backgrounds, who represent cultures from the most sophisticated to indigenous. Each has a story to tell that will be instructive to younger women.

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